How to Make Ribbon Badges


Ribbon badges are a keepsake for honoring accomplishments in an organization, contest or school. Your leftover ribbon from crafts can be used to make ribbon badges out of any type of ribbon from satin to grosgrain. You can customize the width and length of a ribbon badge by using different widths of ribbon in this project.

Things You'll Need

  • 32 inches 2-inch-wide ribbon
  • 30 inches 1-inch-wide ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread
  • Iron
  • Stapler
  • Staples
  • Cardboard
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue
  • Button
  • Metal badge pin
  • Glitter paint pen
  • Cut 1 foot of 2-inch-wide ribbon.

  • Thread a needle and tie a knot in the end. Lay the ribbon on a flat surface with the long edge facing you. Insert the needle on the right side of the ribbon near the bottom from back to front. Insert the needle in the top of the ribbon about one-half inch to the left. Continue making long basting stitches about one-half inch apart from front to back down the length of the ribbon to the left.

  • Pull the thread gently after you reach the end of the ribbon on the left to make gathers in the ribbon. Curl the two ends of the gathered ribbon together to form a circle.

  • Iron the center of the circle near the thread line flat with the tip of an iron so the badge holds its shape. Fold both cut edges underneath the first gather so they are not seen. Lay the right edge on top of the left edge and sew one stitch through the folded layers from front to back. You will sew this stitch through four layers of ribbon. Turn the badge over and tie the thread off in a knot. Cut off any excess thread.

  • Cut 1 foot of 1-inch-wide ribbon and form the center of the badge following Steps 2 through 4.

  • Lay the 2-inch-wide ribbon badge part on a piece of cardboard. Trace around the outer edge with a pencil. Cut out the cardboard circle.

  • Apply hot glue on the cardboard circle and press the 2-inch-wide ribbon onto the circle. Center the 1-inch-wide ribbon circle in the middle of the opening of the 2-inch-wide ribbon and hot glue it in place.

  • Cut 2 inches of the 2-inch-wide ribbon and hot glue it over a button to cover it. Put hot glue on the back of the button and press it into the center of the 1-inch-wide ribbon layer to cover the opening.

  • Cut three pieces of 1-inch-wide and 2-inch-wide ribbon 6 inches long. Center each 1-inch-wide ribbon piece on each 2-inch-wide ribbon piece on the back of the cardboard circle and staple them to the cardboard near the bottom of the circle.

  • Hot glue the flat side of a metal badge pin in the back center of the cardboard so the badge can be pinned on clothing.

  • Write the person’s name and accomplishment on the ribbons hanging down from the back with a glitter-paint pen.

Tips & Warnings

  • This size and amount of ribbon makes a badge that measures approximately 4 inches wide.
  • You can use wider ribbon in longer lengths to make larger badges.
  • The ribbons that hang down from the back of the badge should be one and one-half to two times as long as the width of the badge.

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